2022 Toby Show - Lead Petunias

Lead Petunias is a story of strong women overcoming unforeseen obstacles. Keeping with the Toby Show tradition of taking popular plays and rewriting them with the insertion of the Toby character, this tale is filled with characters with whom you'll likely be familiar. Boovy is a buxom beauty shop owner. Her best friend is M'Liss, whose granddaughter Belle is a love-sick teenager celebrating her birthday and planning a big date with her boyfriend, Henderson. Except for their "friend" Sneezer's sharp tongue, and an economic downturn, everything is going just as planned in rural America. That is, until the wily big city duo of Ida Clairee and Hailey Darkheart move to town and flip this much-loved story on its ear. Can Toby outsmart the city slickers and save the day? This show is full of big laughs and family fun!


Written and Directed by Shane Bridges


Production Dates

Sep 30, Oct 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 - 2022

Show Time 7:30pm, Tent Opens 6:30pm



  • Toby T. Taylor - Shane Bridges
  • Boovy Smith - Elicia Spain
  • M'Liss Eatery - Dotty Taylor
  • Sneezer Thibodeaux - David Taylor
  • Belle - Posey Bridges
  • Henderson - Houston Starrett
  • Ivan/Ivanna - Ivan Hobbs
  • Hailey Darkheart - Mark Tubbs
  • Ida Clairee - Meredith Crosby
  • The Muscle - Jerry Evans
  • Mayor - Joe Singletary



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